News of the WeekEndangered Species

Cloned Gaur a Short-Lived Success

Science  19 Jan 2001:
Vol. 291, Issue 5503, pp. 409
DOI: 10.1126/science.291.5503.409A

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The first clone of an endangered species died last week, 2 days after its birth on 8 January. The baby gaur--a wild ox native to Southeast Asia--seemed healthy at birth but a day later developed a typically fatal bacterial infection that can plague young calves. The death "appears to be totally unrelated" to the cloning procedures, according to the company that sponsored the project.